Utility report finds 2018 as the safest year ever


US utility Dominion Energy has released its 2019 annual Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility report.

The report analyses the utility’s efforts and progress in environmental and social responsibility and operational initiatives in 2018.

The report outlines the company’s commitments in 2019 and beyond.

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The report reveals the company’s cybersecurity, nuclear safety, energy storage, energy efficiency and efforts implemented to reduce carbon emissions.

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According to the report, Dominion has:

  • 2018 marked the company’s safest year ever, beating the record set in 2017.
  • Built the fourth-largest solar portfolio among utility holding companies.
  • Is developing the largest offshore wind farm in the US.
  • Has partnered with Smithfield Foods in the largest renewable natural gas programme in history.
  • Has cut carbon-dioxide emissions 52% since 2005 and prevented more than 250,000 metric tons of methane from entering the atmosphere in the past decade — the equivalent of planting more than 103 million trees.
  • Plans to reduce carbon emissions from power stations 55% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, and to cut methane emissions in half by 2030.
  • Contributed nearly $35 million to social betterment in 2018, and employees volunteered more than 126,000 hours to community service projects.

Thomas F. Farrell 11, CEO of Dominion Energy, said: “The people of Dominion Energy are leading the country’s transition to clean energy.

“We are transforming everything we do to build a more sustainable future for our customers, the planet and our company. As we look to the future, one important priority will be addressing Gov. Northam’s executive order on clean energy. That will be a major focus of next year’s report.” To learn more, you can view the full report online at sustainability.dominionenergy.com